* Posts by Rusty 1

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Start in a subtle way

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Cook fights for life after Google summit blaze

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Re: Good headline

"Maybe something like an emergency drain...holding tank"

You mean just like Chernobyl or Fukushima?

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: Date of birth

But "01/01/1980" isn't a date - it's an incomprehensible string of decimal digits and slashes. A date has the format "yyyy-mm-dd".

https://xkcd.com/1179/

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Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff

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Unhappy

Most unfortunate

I suppose they'll not have to pay much tax then, after losing out so badly to unforeseen events.

The finance department must be absolutely gutted. Truly and utterly gutted.

Life's a bitch, isn't it?

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: VLC?

SolidSquid, there have been heated discussions around the use of apostrophes upstream, and you come out with "off of"?

Christ on a hover donkey, have you no sense? That's just not cricket. The English language is robust, but give it a fighting chance of survival dear fellow.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: Correlation is not causation

It's a jolly strong cause though.

"Our IT systems worked yesterday, and so shall they work today, tomorrow, and forever. Onwards, cost cutters, there is baggage to be trimmed!"

"What do you mean, they were actively maintaining the system, preserving life? Oh sod."

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Re: "300 football fields of rainforest per hour is cleared"

Yup - always worth having a rough idea of the scale of things.

Who could imagine a million otters? Now, a hundred, in the cabin? Yellow car!

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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Re: Rockall guardpost

For as long as we are able to temper the insanity of modern life with acts of such utter Britishness, we have nothing to fear.

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Whomp. WD whacks down unstructured data-nomming 'Skyhawk' SSD

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So as I understand it, this is somewhere between a slick swift and a greased eagle?

El Reg, I might be behind with the units, but do we need some new ones? Small birds, flightless birds, high altitude LBJs?

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

While the Culture novels might make fantastic source material for many hours/days/weeks of film, I suspect any such productions would suffer from the same problem as films made from Tolkien's work - I know in my imagination *precisely* what everything looks like, but everyone else has it wrong! FFS they filmed most of the stuff in New Zealand, but it happened in the woods just up the hill, over there.

There is so much detail to be absorbed, and personal interpretation to be applied, that a film by a 3rd party really will quash the enduring enjoyment. I've watched The Force Awakens a number of times, and I consider it bland and forgettable. I've read a number of Alistair Reynolds' works once and each is firmly imprinted on my mind.

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: Not much has changed in Windows-land

Isn't it strange how different people have different experiences. I've supported and owned a good number of traditional PCs and laptops over the last decade, running Linux and Windows (XP, 7, and 10), and have hit only one problem - one old system which was upgraded to Windows 10 didn't have drivers for the 8 year old sound card. No network problems wired, or wireless. Video was fine. Keyboards have always worked fine, and all provided both delete and backspace keys. The wonders of engineering!

I don't care what a specific software vendor's hardware is "the device to beat" - I use an operating system that just works on what ever device its installed on.

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Mac administrators brace for big changes to Apple-powered fleets

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Re: Unsuitable for corporates

You say that you are freed from disposal costs of the old equipment, but then you say you have "very strict requirements for data protection and confidentiality" and "a need to be fully auditable" . I presume you remove and destroy the storage devices before returning to the OEM? Or do you trust the OEM to do the right thing, and generate an audit report that says "A OK!" Yes, the data on those devices is encrypted, but once you have the key at any time in the future, you can view the data.

I enjoy working for an organisation that does physically destroy storage devices on site. I like destroying stuff. It sounds nice.

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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Re: Not ethical

Agreed - this is very nasty stuff.

That the Swiss will allow further work to be done locally following "successful" work in China is disgusting. Next I suppose we'll be hunting whales as Japanese research has shown that whales more often than not have one or more flippers, fins, or flukes.

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Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak

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Re: Arthur Daley's the lot of 'em..

I've always thought that they make estate agents look rather good in comparison.

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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Graham Murkett?

I do wonder if Graham Murkett, AKA somegreybloke, might be available, for the right price?

He seems to have a good, well researched (if sometimes accidentally), grasp of many topics of interest to some or more or less other people.

Indeed, there is a very apt presentation he made a few years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X7f4eHzSAM

So not only is he topical, he is prescient.

Could you please leave my finders fee of sixty Altarian dollars behind the hot water pipes, third washroom along, Victoria Station?

Ta very muchly.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: I sense political meddling.

Mark 65, well said.

This is a vote between a failed business man and a political whore.

It is so sad that next week the result will be that either an utter cnut or a real cnut wins. Either way, everyone else loses.

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

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Tom Mabe

Google/search YouTube for "Tom Mabe", and perhaps "how to deal with a telemarketer". Such great material that can be used in so many situations!

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Tell us your DevOps, Agile, CD and Container stories

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WTF?

I've met a number of self-proclaimed DevOps. They were typically failed devs, and really didn't have the first idea about ops, possibly on account of being failed devs. I'm not saying they're all failed, just the ones I've met.

Agile should have a lowercase "a" - there is nothing special a dynamic approach to development that removes all responsibility for planning. Don't try to imbue a decent and useful word with hipster software trends.

CD, yes, I do like to listen to a good CD while working, thank you.

Container, while no direct contact with said article, I do believe that a lot of the kit I use and fruit I eat has probably traveled in one at some point.

Ooh, doughnuts! Why no mention of doughnuts?

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: Impressive..

What the chufftikins were you thinking, when, knowing that you had to get 4 people with luggage to an airport, that a *Mini* was the thing for you?

And you think a *Mini* estate is a proper estate (i.e. big) car?

The clue is in the name.

Were you dropped on your head as a child?

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Re: Jet engines...

The Ballmer Peak springs to mind - https://xkcd.com/323

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Pound falling, Marmite off the shelves – what the UK needs right now is ... an AI ethics board

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Don't ...

Don't anthropomorphise those AIs. They won't like it.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Re: meh

Surely not. What better a place to ask a complete stranger (ideally someone on holiday) where the nearest library is? They'll obviously not know, so you can then tell them that it is two stops back, 3rd street on the right from the north exit!

It's not just me that does this, is it? OK, those 4 pints help.

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London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

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WTF?

But yet...

the peeps in charge of security get a "well done" for spotting this casual event, and everyone ignores the stable door flapping in the wind, with just a bit of tired, broken, string that used to hold it closed.

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Double KO! Capcom's Street Fighter V installs hidden rootkit on PCs

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Re: Why the double standard here?

It's the foundries that mill steelions.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Song title

With sincere apologies to Whale, how about Uber Kicking Inmate Slave?

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Re: Ticket to slide

Asterisk, armed with an appropriate set of phrases is waiting. Bring it on!

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In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

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Big multi-storey pizzas!

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Major Tim Peake comes home to a gastronaut's Sunday roast

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So that's the starter. What's for the main course?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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A token

Is there a single token, of any nature, through which Lester may be remembered and identified by?

I have tried to think of one for many hours, but my eyes keep filling up.

In my mind, he is a legend. That will do.

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For the many wonderful articles you have written, you will never be forgotten.

Some of the most memorable involved Rockall. They had me gripped. You understood the challenges through your experiences - that is gold.

For all that you have attempted, achieved, and cooked, I salute you, sir.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: Points for effort....

Maybe no bonus score, but I'll reckon they have a massive payload of flight data to analyse and benefit from, so they still come out way ahead.

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

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FAIL

I mentioned in a comment on an earlier thread about how difficult it would be with typical domestic connectivity to be exposed to incoming threats, what with NAT and sensible router defaults.

Now it is clear - I understand that people are installing waldos on their PCs left, right, and centre, and *trusting a third party* with authentication and access, to provide incoming access over established outbound connections to that third party, bypassing all natural security. And being surprised by the outcome. Oh ghod.

There is always a weakest link. Doesn't matter who owns it, it's there. The more links, the more likely one is weaker that you might expect or like.

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

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Re: IBM vs. Microsoft way of thinking...

Bang on the money Herby.

The operation of a modern, "idiosyncratic", C++ program is so difficult, bordering on impossible, to reason about given its source. Developers tend to cut-n-paste from previous (possibly simpler, and definitely different systems), and rely of test-driven-development approaches even when that may be utterly unsuitable for the application in question.

The legendary C.A.R. Hoare knew about this a few decades ago: "There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion, insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of nature."

The first method involves engineers. The second, code monkeys.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Re: Uninteresting, but simple test...

Something I find intriguing about this (potential) suggestion is how to go about achieving it.

Assuming a domestic environment, every router I've come across (OK, not so many - a couple of Zooms, a few from BT, and a bunch from Draytek), really are plug-and-play with complete blocks on incoming connections. You have to fight (sometimes hard) to permit incoming connections.

Just what are people doing to be exposed to intrusions? Is it really as easy as walking naked into the whore pits of 'pork?

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Quiet cryptologist Bill Duane's war with Beijing's best

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The full story/book

Yes indeed.

This has been added to my list of things to check every year whether they exist.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Re: We're missing the important question here...

Space graffiti!

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Gravity

Can't they just turn gravity off for a bit, on a quiet afternoon, until the debris has spun away into somebody else's space?

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

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Re: At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

Well, yes, you make the most common mistake of saying "Agile" when perhaps you mean "agile". The latter meaning the weasels, agile as they are, will have weaseled off before anyone who does proper project management will have noticed.

"Agile", adjective, quick and well-coordinated in movement - describes the path of your cash.

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Half of people plug in USB drives they find in the parking lot

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Re: I have largely given up sorting students.

Is sorting students such a complicated process that anyone is ever upset by it? Surely, a student has one or more attributes (such as name or average altitude on a Friday morning), and students are sorted by an attribute. Now this may well involve something called an index. Sorting is easy. Students, elephants, or badgers - it's all the same.

What were you saying? Do you think seriously think that badgers don't do backups?

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.XYZ files appeal brief

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One of them, or another, should

just use .xyzzy, and bask in all the glory that it entails.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

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Re: Stock Up

You could pretend they are SGI workstations.

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Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

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Re: hear that

You mean Microsoft will do "an Oracle". Chip/socket count, core count, MHz, memory, all will be taxed.

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Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

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I'm glad

I'm glad I climbed it last year. Harder work now!

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Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ

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"Rallies in spport of..."

"spport"? Really? Did you forget to put tuppence ha'penny in the "what the chuff am I writing" meter?

I sppose you did.

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HP Inc Elite X3: Windows 10 phablet for enterprise-y types

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WTF?

IP67

"The x3 is IP67 tested, meaning it can take a four foot fall"

What? How is a four foot fall related to Ingress Protection? The clue is in the name.

Paul, the only possible way your article could make any sense is if you fixed your typo and continued your sentence thus: "The x3 is IP67 tested, meaning it can take a four foot tall dwarf blowing dust at it from under 15-100cm of water."

But that would be plain daft as you can't blow dust underwater.

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Re: Wow! Just Wow!

Yep, 'specially as there can't have been any witnesses.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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WTF?

The BSD implementation is on version 1.2. Just how wrong were versions 1.0 and 1.1?

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Alien

Suspicious

Isn't it mighty suspicious that "error 53" is only two away from "Area 51"? Not one away, as that would be too obvious, but two away.

And if you say it quickly, "error" could sound like "area".

It's a signal! They are coming!

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Facepalm

Just how hard is it

to design and manufacture this type of device?

Ah, no, I know what it is: they're using the wrong type of plastic!

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Re: MS Release process

Surely just no awkward and fiddly diagnostics like "the scope of this variable could be reduced".

Some of those bigger and scarier messages like "is read before written", "unreachable" and "unresolved reference" are just too gnarly to wrangle with!

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